Diversity and inclusion are incredibly important to BAFTA – both in terms of our internal structures as an organisation, but also in the work we do as a charity to develop the film, television and games industries. As a champion of creative excellence, we want all talented people to be able to succeed in the industries, regardless of their background.
> Read the Chair of BAFTA, Krishnendu Majumdar's first letter to BAFTA members in June 2020, addressesing the issues of diversity and inclusion in the industry and BAFTA's commitment to meaningful change.
The following lays out the areas that BAFTA monitors, and some of the measures we take to help ensure we represent a diverse range of voices and viewpoints in our work.
• We believe that talent is widely distributed but opportunities are not. We aim to use our profile and industry network to help identify talent and support them to achieve their potential.
• We aim to use our influence to encourage the industry to coalesce behind effective change. We believe that the industry is most effective when we work together towards shared goals.
• We value effective action over profile-raising so we are happy to support the good work of our many partners who share our aim of developing a more inclusive industry.
• Data is a hugely important in effecting change. We monitor our application processes and our audiences in order to better understand which groups are under-represented and benchmark our figures against the UK population and the Industry. Under- represented groups in the film industry include people from minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, women and LGBT. It also includes people from lower socio-economic groups and those from outside London.
Awards - BFI Diversity Standards
In 2019 we became (to our knowledge) the first major awards body to introduce diversity and inclusion criteria into the eligibility requirements for our awards. Working closely with the BFI we used its BFI Diversity Standards to the eligibility criteria for the Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer categories for the annual Film Awards, from 2019. This significant change demonstrates BAFTA’s intention to take a leading role, together with our key partners, in driving a more inclusive industry.
In order to meet the standards, productions need to demonstrate that they have worked to increase the representation of under-represented groups in two of the four following areas:
• On screen representation, themes and narratives
• Project leadership and creative practitioners
• Industry access and opportunities
• Opportunities for diversity in audience development.
Following their successful introduction into the Film Awards, BAFTA will introduce similar criteria into the Television and Games Awards (in July 2020, BAFTA announced it will pilot a version of the BFI Diversity Standards for the 2021 Games Awards).
BAFTA will use the Diversity Standards as a model as we believe they provide a shared flexible framework for measuring diversity so that the industry can track progress over time.
Bullying, Harassment and Racism Guidance
In consultation with the games industry, BAFTA and BFI have created guidance to help game-makers to prevent bullying, harassment and racism in the workplace.
View the new bullying, harassment and racism guidance HERE.
Membership & Governance
BAFTA Members select the nominees and winners so it is important that our membership reflects a diverse range of views and perspectives. We monitor our application process from applications, through shortlisting and final selections to ensure there is no bias in our systems. Where we identify a group which is under-represented in the application stage, we will target marketing and invitations to address this and will use this data to reassess eligibility criteria.
We monitor applicants to our vacancies to ensure that our applications reflect the diversity of the local population. We provide opportunities for flexible working whenever possible. We run an internship scheme offering work-based training and encourage entrants from diverse backgrounds. All our internships are paid, and are recruited through fair and open practices.
BAFTA has a dedicated Learning and New Talent team and committee who programme activity year-round. We run several schemes which identify talent at all stages of their careers and support them to achieve their potential. See our New Talent pages for more information.